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[ sur-muh-nahyz ]
/ ˈsɜr məˌnaɪz /

verb (used without object), ser·mon·ized, ser·mon·iz·ing.

to deliver or compose a sermon; preach.

verb (used with object), ser·mon·ized, ser·mon·iz·ing.

to give exhortation to; lecture.

Nearby words

sermocination, sermon, sermon on the mount, sermonette, sermonic, sermonize, sero-, serocolitis, seroconversion, seroconvert, serodiagnosis
Also especially British, ser·mon·ise.

Origin of sermonize

First recorded in 1625–35; sermon + -ize
Related formsser·mon·iz·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sermonise

  • Both generals, in the intervals of actual war, sermonise each other, and with much the same spirit that they fight.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 378, April, 1847|Various
  • You used occasionally to sermonise too; I wish you would, in charity, favour me with a sheet full in your own way.

  • It is easy to produce sermons in stones, easy to sermonise in very many ways; but Jocelin did not preach.

British Dictionary definitions for sermonise



/ (ˈsɜːməˌnaɪz) /


to talk to or address (a person or audience) as if delivering a sermon
Derived Formssermonizer or sermoniser, noun
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Word Origin and History for sermonise



1630s, from Medieval Latin sermonizari, from Latin sermo (see sermon). "Chiefly depreciatory" [OED]. Related: Sermonizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper